As I go through my daily routine, I often end up recalling things I've done in my past. They seem perfectly normal to me, but often others marvel at what I was able to accomplish. I tilt my head to the side and mentally try to see what they see, since I lived it and have my own somewhat biased perspective. What makes certain people more accomplished, more skilled, more worthy of praise? What makes them stand out, basically?
I've had people ask me how I deal with ich in my tank. Apparently they think I have a secret. I have bought all kinds of fish over the years, but you never hear about ich issues. Yet, based on posts by others it's like the majority of you are constantly suffering from this problem.
I had a 20g Long as my first aquarium when I was 11 years old. Back then, the rule was 1" of fish per gallon, and I didn't like that rule. So instead of worrying about any fish, I decided to make it an invertebrate tank. There was no limit to how many you could add, which was awesome. I remember getting:
Just in time for the holidays, I received my mandarin ornament to hang on the Christmas tree. For now, it's here on my desk but next week when the tree goes up, this little guy will be adding some flair to the menagerie of items I've been collecting.
I met a local artist at Dallas Comic Con events two years ago, and discovered she used to be in the saltwater hobby herself. Lhars Ebersold does some beautiful work, some of which I've shared from her Instagram account from time to time. This is her when she's not at a con.
Tonight a club member and customer of mine brought over a new hobbyist to pick up a RO/DI system. When he came to my door, he exclaimed "It's the guy from YouTube!" as I invited him inside. As we began to chat, he said "he sounds like his videos...." (how else should I sound? ) and began to gaze at the 400g and the Anemone Cube. He was excited to see my setup that he'd only seen via my youtube channel.
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I just got back from a trip to California and was happy to see my reef alive and thriving. Here's a quick video of some of the fish and corals from today.
When I hear about a new pest, I'm always curious to learn more. Here's a thread about a spider (Pycnogonid) that actually eats acropora tissue.
When I got my new clownfish, I was a little worried about how I'd get them into their anemone without incident. I didn't want the new fish to host in other corals, or even worse get eaten by one of the wrasses. These clowns are small and seemed like they'd be bite-sized. A friend suggested I use a PVC pipe to get them down into the Sebae.... So here's the video showing how it went.